BSL Expert Witness

Why is the service important?

Unfortunately, some interpreters will accept work in legal settings despite lacking the necessary knowledge and background. This is concerning, as qualified insight into cultural and interpreting issues that arise may assist a jury or a judge in administering a trial. 


This is where we can help…

Defence teams and courts frequently call upon us to provide accurate transcripts of police video interviews with Deaf people. We also provide consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, and expert social workers in the field of Deafness who can provide reports for children, adolescents, and adults in a range of family and criminal court cases.

In addition to interpreting in the court room, Deaf lip-reading experts can offer opinion on covert CCTV tapes or broadcast television. Recent examples of our work include lip-reading for parliament and on the premier league football pitch.

Dr Jim Appleford

MB ChB, MRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, GMC No: 3314041

Dr Andrew J Cornes

Bigger Picture Therapy founder

Dr Sue O’Rourke

Consultant Clinical Psychologist AFBPsS, Chartered Clinical Psychologist HPC reg no. PYL17955

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